Hendré Sijbring lets his arms wander around the office. “The ecosystem is crucial for everything to work here,” he says. “It will only work if everyone involved does their part.” Sijbring, who is responsible for innovations at the Port of Groningen, points out the window as if there was something to understand. But there is only the North Sea, gray mud flats, with a few wind turbines in the distance.
Still, it’s worth listening to Sijbring. What he describes sounds like a utopia, albeit one that more and more politicians, scientists and entrepreneurs are raving about. It is already becoming a reality in the north of the: the world’s first hydrogen economy. Now the German energy company has announced that it will also participate in the NortH2 project, and the Norwegian company is also joining the consortium. The hydrogen test field will definitely become the largest European initiative for the green energy world of the future.